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Plans of Safe Care Learning Modules

Overview



  • OverviewDeveloped by the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW), the modules are a five-part series on Plans of Safe Care (POSC) for infants born with and identified as affected by substance abuse or withdrawal symptoms resulting from prenatal drug exposure, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), or their affected family or caregiver. The series is intended to guide state, tribal, and local collaborative partners in improving their systems and services for infants affected by prenatal substance exposure and their families. The policy and practice strategies included in these modules are derived from NCSACW’s years of practice-based experience providing technical assistance to states, tribes, and communities. This series provides states and communities with considerations for implementing POSC to support the safety and well-being of families in their jurisdictions. These modules include the following:

    • Module 1: Preparing for Plan of Safe Care Implementation
    • Module 2: Collaborative Partnerships for Plans of Safe Care
    • Module 3: Determining Who Needs a Plan of Safe Care
    • Module 4: Implementing and Monitoring Plans of Safe Care
    • Module 5: Overseeing State Plans of Safe Care Systems and Reporting Data

    Module 1 Description

    Module 1: Preparing for Plan of Safe Care ImplementationModule 1 explores the steps states can take to understand existing statutes and structures as they strategize how to effectively address the needs of infants affected by prenatal substance exposure and their families and implement Plans of Safe Care.

    Module 2 Description

    Module 2: Collaborative Partnerships for Plans of Safe CareModule 2 explores the steps states can take to build, grow, and sustain collaborative teams critical to a comprehensive approach to address the health and treatment needs of infants and their affected family or caregiver, and implement Plans of Safe Care.

    Module 3 Description

    Module 3: Determining Who Needs a Plan of Safe CareModule 3 explores the steps states can take to explain the phrase “affected by substance abuse or withdrawal symptoms resulting from prenatal drug exposure or FASD” as they roll out a statewide Plan of Safe Care.

    Module 4 Description

    Module 4: Implementing and Monitoring Plans of Safe CareModule 4 explores state decision points when implementing Plans of Safe Care, and how collaborative teams can translate policy decisions into practice through implementation and case monitoring.

    Module 5 Description

    Module 5: Overseeing State Plans of Safe Care Systems and Reporting DataModule 5 explores how to develop and monitor policies and procedures related to Plans of Safe Care and strategies to enhance the ability of states to report data to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System.

Contact Us

The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare offers free technical assistance to a various of systems on making policy and practice changes to improve outcomes for families affected by substance use disorders and involvement with child welfare services. To learn more about technical assistance services or if you have a question please email NCSACW at ncsacw@cffutures.org or call toll-free at 1–866–493–2758.

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